Storytellers on Tour: The Wrack by John Bierce

It is with great pleasure that I participate in another book tour with Storytellers on Tour, this time for The Wrack by John Bierce! I was excited to dive into a story about the rampant spread of a plague while still under lockdown in the midst of our own COVID pandemic. Sometimes stories can help…

Announcement: Blog Intern with The Parliament House Press

I am so pleased to announce that I was very recently accepted as the Blog Intern with The Parliament House Press. In my pursuits to further explore the nitty-gritty of publishing (every aspect from self-publishing to independent houses to big six), this opportunity presents unique access working closely with industry professionals and expanding my own…

Storytellers on Tour Presents: A King’s Bargain by J. D. L Rosell

Today I am delighted to participate in Storytellers on Tour to highlight the upcoming book A King’s Bargain by J. D. L. Rosell, the first installment of the Legend of Tal series! We have some tasty literary treats for you all right out of the heroic fantasy cauldron. Strap in, and read on! The Tour…

Goodreads Star-Ratings: An Interpretation

There are few things more hotly debated in the world of online amateur book-reviewing than the Goodreads star-rating system. It is a loose set of guidelines that has been rehashed and reinterpreted in so many ways as to be virtually meaningless (well, moreso than it is inherently). And, while I have many issues with Goodreads…

Quaranthoughts for Quarantimes

Everywhere I look, which seems to include mostly screens these days, is emblazoned with things like UNPRECEDENTED TIMES and EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES and BEST NOVELS TO GET US THROUGH NOVEL CORONAVIRUS. Okay, this last one isn’t real, though many lists like this inexplicably have neglected to cash in on the novel bit. But I would be…

Review: The Hollow Gods (The Chaos Cycle #1) by A. J. Vrana

Lately, I can’t stop looking for the unknown in storytelling. The unknown as twofold: as it relates to the plot (the spiritual, the mysterious, the concealed within a cloak of secrets, the supernatural) and as it relates to how a story is told (unreliable narrators, dreams, liminal space, deviating from the expected form). It is…

#13Stories Days 7 & 8

The writing continues! I have nothing of note to update you on, so I will cut straight to the chase! This prompt reminded me of the outbreak of ergot in Pont St. Esprit in August of 1951. So, with a little inspiration from the writing style of Wilkie Collins in The Woman in White and…

Days 5 & 6 of #13Stories

As we move toward the halfway point, and ever closer to Halloween, I am thinking a lot about what my traditions around Halloween and Samhain are and how they relate to my writing in these little posts. Like most things, there are many layers–my childhood in a conservative Baptist church where Halloween was synonymous with…